Business briefs

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Pharmacy owners retire

JUNEAU - Ron and Becky Sedgwick, owners of Ron's Apothecary, are retiring after running their business since 1968. Ownership has transferred to Scott and Gretchen Watts, and a re-grand opening was held Friday.

Scott Watts earned his pharmacy degree from the University of Washington in 1989, and has worked since graduation at Fred Meyer, he said. Now he is going out on his own with the shop in the Mendenhall Mall next to the Super Bear supermarket.

"We don't plan on a lot of changes," Watts said. "We are trying to keep the good service that Ron had and continue the compounding apothecary part of it, which is really exciting, with more training for myself and the staff. We hope to expand that." Gretchen Watts will handle bookkeeping for the business, he said.

Renovations close Armadillo temporarily

JUNEAU - The Armadillo Tex-Mex Cafe downtown will be closed for renovations from Nov. 18 through Jan. 1 at the earliest, said owner Terry Harvey.

He said the restaurant will get a fresh coat of paint and flooring. He said he is not sure when it will reopen exactly, but it will not be until 2002. He said there are no other expected changes to the business.

The Armadillo is located at 431 South Franklin St. For more information, call 586-1880.

Red Dog remodels

JUNEAU - The Red Dog Saloon, 278 Franklin St., will be closed for a while it grows upward.

"We're expanding our existing mail-order business by adding a third floor to the Miner's Square Building, which has housed the Red Dog for the past 15 years," said Case E. Harris, marketing director for Cookhouse Inc., the firm that owns the saloon.

The saloon itself will receive major upgrades during the remodeling, including a state-of-the-art kitchen, Harris said.

SBDC mailing Seminar

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center will hold a seminar on direct-mail marketing from 1-4 p.m. Thursday in the third floor conference room of the Juneau Empire Building, 3100 Channel Drive.

The cost to register is $25. For more information call 463-3789.

Flags cleaned for free

JUNEAU - Alaska Laundry and Dry Cleaners is cleaning American flags for free at its downtown and Mendenhall Mall locations, and City Cleaners is making the same offer.

There is no size limit, said Alaska Laundry bookkeeper Toni Diamond. Although the cleaners recently put signs advertising this service in its windows, the free cleaning of Old Glory was available even before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, Diamond said.

Eight complete construction training

JUNEAU - Awards were given Oct. 19 to eight students who completed the six-week Hands-On Construction class taught at the Vocational Training and Resource Center. The entry-level class was taught by Keith Mallonee, and is a joint program with Tlingit-Haida Central Council and the University of Alaska Southeast's Career Education division.

The graduates are Mitchell Carle Jr., Roderick Dalton, Jamie Edenshaw, William Morrison, Kevin Williams, Matthew Bell, Robert Brown and Jake E. Morris.

Eight similar classes are scheduled over the next 12 months.

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